Princess Auto Players’ Championship Women’s Teams

Get to know the women’s teams competing in the Princess Auto Players’ Championship, April 20-25, at Calgary’s WinSport Arena. Note: Team lineups subject to change.

Team Einarson

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Kerri
Einarson
Val
Sweeting
Shannon
Birchard
Briane
Meilleur

Gimli, MB | Team Einarson are the back-to-back Scotties Tournament of Hearts champions. Einarson successfully defended the Canadian women’s title defeating Ontario’s Team Homan in the final in February. They captured the 2019 Players’ Championship in Toronto.

Team Fleury

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Chelsea
Carey
Selena
Njegovan
Liz
Fyfe
Kristin
MacCuish

East St. Paul, MB | Carey will spare for skip Tracy Fleury, whose young daughter was diagnosed with infantile spasms, a seizure disorder, in November. Carey guided Team Fleury into the championship pool of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and finished with a 6-6 record. Team Fleury won the 2019 Masters in North Bay, Ont.

Team Fujisawa

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Satsuki
Fujisawa
Chinami
Yoshida
Yumi
Suzuki

Kitami, JPN | Fujisawa has earned bronze at the 2018 Winter Olympics and silver at the 2016 world championship. They qualified for the playoffs in all four Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events during the 2019-20 season with three consecutive semifinal finishes in the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge, BOOST National and Meridian Canadian Open tournaments. Lead Yurika Yoshida is preparing for the world mixed doubles championship and Team Fujisawa is playing as a trio.

Team Hasselborg

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Anna
Hasselborg
Sara
McManus
Agnes
Knochenhauer
Sofia
Mabergs

Sundbyberg, SWE | Team Hasselborg won three consecutive Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events — KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge, BOOST National and Meridian Canadian Open — and the Pinty’s Cup during the 2019-20 season. They claimed gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics and earned silver medals at the 2018 and 2019 world championships.

Team Homan

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Rachel
Homan
Emma
Miskew
Sarah
Wilkes
Joanne
Courtney
Laura
Walker

Ottawa, ON | Homan won a record-extending 11th women’s championship in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling this past Monday in the Humpty’s Champions Cup. Homan looks to make history as she could become the first women’s skip to win all event titles in the series. Team Homan earned silver for Ontario at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in February.

Team Jones

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Jennifer
Jones
Kaitlyn
Lawes
Jocelyn
Peterman
Lisa
Weagle

Winnipeg, MB | Jones has captured nine Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling women’s titles including six at the Players’ Championship. They finished fourth at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in February falling to Alberta in a tiebreaker. Weagle won a record 10 women’s titles in the series playing lead for Team Homan.

Team Kim

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Min-Ji
Kim
Seung-Youn
Ha
Hye-Rin
Kim
Su-Jin
Kim

Chuncheon, KOR | Team Kim had a breakout 2019-20 season in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling capturing the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge Tier 2 women’s title to earn a promotion into the elite ranks for the Meridian Canadian Open where they finished runners-up to Team Hasselborg. Kim captured bronze at the world championship in 2019 and silver at the world juniors in 2020.

Team Kovaleva

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Alina
Kovaleva
Iuliia
Portunova
Galina
Arsenkina
Ekaterina
Kuzmina

Russian Curling Federation | Team Kovaleva has played in two previous Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events prior to the bubble qualifying for the playoffs both times. They reached the quarterfinals in the 2019 Humpty’s Champions Cup and the semifinals in the 2020 Meridian Canadian Open. Kovaleva earned bronze and silver medals at the world championship playing with Anna Sidorova.

Team Muirhead

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Eve
Muirhead
Vicky
Wright
Jennifer
Dodds
Lauren
Gray

Stirling, SCO | Muirhead has won four women’s titles in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling including the Players’ Championship three times in a span of four years (2013, 2015 and 2016). At age 22, Muirhead became the youngest women’s skip to win the world championship and a Grand Slam title in 2013. She earned bronze for Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Team Peterson

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Tabitha
Peterson
Nina
Roth
Becca
Hamilton
Tara
Peterson
Aileen
Geving

Chaska, USA | With Roth on maternity leave, Peterson took the reins for the 2019-20 season. They competed in two Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events and qualified for the playoffs both times reaching the semifinals of the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge and quarterfinals of the Meridian Canadian Open. Team Peterson defeated Team Sinclair to win the 2020 USA Curling National Championships women’s title.

Team Stern

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Elena
Stern
Briar
Hürlimann
Lisa
Gisler
Céline
Koller

Oberwallis, SUI | Team Stern won the Tour Challenge Tier 2 women’s title in 2018 to earn a promotion into the top ranks and have stayed put since. They qualified for the playoffs in two Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events last season making the quarterfinals of the Masters and BOOST National. Stern upset Team Homan in the 2019 Canad Inns Women’s Classic final to win the title.

Team Tirinzoni

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Silvana
Tirinzoni
Alina
Pätz
Esther
Neuenschwander
Melanie
Barbezat

Aarau, SUI | Team Tirinzoni won Humpty’s Champions Cup women’s champions in 2019 defeating Team Einarson in the final and finished runners-up to Team Homan in the first of back-to-back bubble events. Tirinzoni is also the reigning world women’s champion defeating Team Hasselborg for gold in the 2019 final.